Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Not a shadow of the heavenly things

Hebrew 8:4-6: “For if He were on earth, He would not be a priest, since there are priests who offer the gifts according to the law;5 who serve the copy and shadow of the heavenly things, as Moses was divinely instructed when he was about to make the tabernacle. For He said, "See that you make all things according to the pattern shown you on the mountain."6 But now He has obtained a more excellent ministry, inasmuch as He is also Mediator of a better covenant, which was established on better promises.”

From the creation of all things God has been pointing to His superior and more excellent way of salvation and that is through the Person of Jesus. His authority and excellence is unmatched in history, and all things point to Him. As the author writes, “who serve the copy and shadow of the heavenly things.” All things point to this climatic revelation of the Highest of the High Priests and the pinnacle of holiness, the person of Jesus. All others were mere shadows of the great promise of a savior for God’s chosen people. This promise was the cure for the disease that entered humanity through the sin of Adam.

God’s covenant or His contract with His people was that of mercy and Grace. God has been providing a way for His people to become right before His eyes. God’s people fail and miss the mark. So God has provided a new covenant so that His people would rely solely on Him and not on their own power. The way of becoming right in the sight of God is only through Jesus. He is the covenant, the contract between Holy God and sinful man.

God is gracious, merciful and faithful in His promises. God does not break His promises, we are the ones who fall short and miss the mark. By setting up this better way we can now all be the beneficiaries of this promise. God was pointing to Jesus all the way through history, because His is the only acceptable way of salvation. For the dark and dying world around us, we need to point to the only High Priest that will be sufficient, and that is Jesus.

With Jesus as our Priest, we have an advocate pleading before God on our behalf. Praise God that we do not need to rely on human intervention, we can directly approach God through Jesus Christ.

Tomorrows Readings:
Old Testament: Ezek. 1-3 New Testament Hebrews 9

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